Decolonising Global History

Oliver  Laband's picture
Call for Papers
March 31, 2023
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Humanities, Intellectual History, Nationalism History / Studies, World History / Studies

Dear Colleagues,

Colonialism and its impacts have long been the object of academic study that has in recent years increasingly garnered public and political interest. We have witnessed an increasing dynamism around the topic of colonialism that has been keenly felt across in both the academic and political orbits.  

Researchers from different academic backgrounds have developed innovative perspectives and methodologies. For instance in the last few decades, social historians as well as archaeologists and anthropologists have increasingly focused on the 'history from below'. Working to uncover the lives of women, slaves or the working classes researchers have greatly expanded the scope of historical research and addressed Michel-Rolph Trouillot's 'silences of the past.'

Scholars working from and covering the Global South have created new research approaches focusing on coloniality, epistemic extractivism and memory. Others have developed or applied philosophical and sociological concepts, négritude (Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon), the de-colonial shift (Aníbal Quijano, Rita Segato, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui), and post-colonial (Edward Said) and subaltern studies (Gayatri Spivak, Ranajit Guha), to bring to light varying aspects of the power structures of colonial institutions.

"Global microhistory" is seeing an increasing use in academia. Whether their focus be on a specific material commodity traded or travelled, or on institutions such as educational colleges or courts of law, or even the global lives that biographers working with court cases, travel accounts and correspondence have highlighted, historians have exposed the wider global trends through their incisive and specified analysis.

Global historical analysis is central to who we are at Entremons and in this special edition we aim to contribute to the debates of colonisation and decolonisation and its impacts on (post)colonial and (post)imperial territories, cultures, and mindsets. We seek to showcase contributions that address any of the following issues:


● Power and colonialism

● Anti-colonial resistance movements

● Colonial heritage, memories and legacies

● Gender and colonialism

● Material culture

● 'Race' and Nation

● Decolonisation and imperialism

● Coloniality of power



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